Today we can confirm that our action plan to commence a safe and phased return to grassroots rugby activity has been approved by the Government.
The Return to Community Rugby Roadmap has been updated to show a move from Stage B to Stage C.
The rugby community is now able to recommence some larger group rugby activity, initially non-contact, subject to adherence with RFU guidance.
Any return is a decision for individual clubs to make and they must continue to follow government Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidelines, along with any local government lockdown restrictions that may be introduced.
The return will initially be through non-contact rugby focused on Ready4Rugby, a non-contact game, enabling two teams of up to 10 players to engage in training and match activity in their own club environment. Subject to satisfactory operation through August we hope to then be able to move to inter-club Ready4Rugby in September. Other Touch Rugby activity (including O2 Touch centres) will also be able to recommence.
It is highly recommended that all involved with the game at a supervisory level should do the webinar and gain the certificate. Most certainly, coaches, DoRs and team managers at all age groups and genders must do the webinar so that clubs can demonstrate due diligence.